“...and my eyes no longer gaze the same 

on the face of the world.”

–Jean Hatzfeld

The 1994 Rwandan genocide killed more than 80,00 individuals who mostly belonged to the Tutsi minority. The country was divided between the Hutus and the Tutsis, the former occupying most of east-central Rwanda due to their overwhelming majority. Unofficial estimates of the death toll are much higher than those reported. The conflict began through the Hutu nationalists in the capital, Kigali, and it spread throughout the country rather quickly. The government even took arms against their neighbors and the Tutsis and by the time the Tutsi-led Rwandese Patriotic Front gained control of the country through their military offensive strategy, hundreds and thousands of Rwandans were dead. The genocide produced 2 million refugees, leading to an even more intense humanitarian crisis as a result.